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Report: Former Florida education commissioner will lead Trump education team



Education Week is reporting that former Florida education commissioner Gerard Robinson, who resigned his post under pressure after just one year, will lead Donald Trump's education transition team.

He would serve in that role alongside Williamson Evers of the Hoover Institution, a long-time critic of the Common Core. Evers was a candidate for Florida commissioner in the round that Robinson won the job, but did not make it to the finalist pool.

Robinson, who came to Florida after a stint as Virginia secretary of education, was Gov. Rick Scott's choice for education commissioner after shoving three-year office holder Eric Smith to the side. He notably was in Scott's Tallahassee office taking photos at the same time the Board of Education was meeting in Tampa to vote on its selection.

In his brief tenure, Robinson sparred with school districts over test cut scores and butted heads with School Board members over education accountability. As parents began complaining about too much testing, Robinson blamed districts.

Rumors swirled for months that he was on his way out before he announced his departure to spend more time with his family, which had remained in Virginia.

A strong backer of school choice, vouchers and teacher merit pay, Robinson has been working at the American Enterprise Institute as a resident fellow. Read our May 2012 interview with Robinson for more on his views.

[Last modified: Monday, September 19, 2016 11:20am]


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